Bausch + Lomb Australia has partnered with TerraCycle to facilitate recycling of contact lenses and blister packs for the first time. Any brand of used contact lenses and blister packs can be recycled for free.
“Bausch + Lomb is incredibly conscious of its environmental impact, and wants to offer its customers a better solution for their used products,” said Geraldine Maraboli, Bausch + Lomb Australia. “We are calling on anyone who wears contact lenses to sign up to the programme and help divert their lenses and blister packs from landfill.”
Once signed up, wearers collect their used contact lenses and blister packs in any box, download a prepaid shipping label from the TerraCycle website, attach it to the box, and drop off their package at any Australia Post outlet. The used contact lenses and blister packs collected by TerraCycle will be recycled into sustainable products and materials.
The recycling programme also gives back by making a AU$1 donation to Optometry Giving Sight for every kilogram of accepted waste sent through the programme.
To improve efficiency and the environmental impact of the programme, participants are encouraged to recycle their cardboard boxes through their standard council recycling.
As part of the recycling process, the contact lenses and blister packs are separated by composition and cleaned. The metal layers of the blister packs are recycled separately, while the contact lenses and plastic blister pack components are melted into plastic that can be remoulded to make recycled products.
TerraCycle a privately owned American company that develops solutions for recycling “unrecyclable” items. It has kept more than 2.6 billion pieces of waste from landfills around the world. TerraCycle Australia is also tackling other difficult to recycle waste streams like used beauty products, oral care waste such as used toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes and floss containers, snack wrappers and cigarette butts.